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Atlanta Home Market – Bidding Wars!

May 5, 2013 4:35am (EDT)
Housing Prices are Rising Rapidly in Metro Atlanta
Housing Prices are Rising Rapidly in Metro Atlanta

Prices in the Atlanta housing market jumped 19% from March 2012 to March 2013 according to a report from the S&P/Case Schiller home price index.

Nationwide home prices increased by 10.2% as the national housing market continues a strong recovery.

Home prices in Atlanta and the nation remain below all-time high levels reached in 2006-07.

“Home prices continued to climb,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Home prices in all 20 cities posted annual gains for the third month in a row. Twelve of the 20 saw prices rise at double-digit annual growth. The National Index and the 10- and 20-City Composites posted their highest annual returns since 2006.

“Phoenix again had the largest annual increase at 22.5% followed by San Francisco with 22.2% and Las Vegas with 20.6%. Miami and Tampa, the eastern end of the Sunbelt, were softer with annual gains of 10.7% and 11.8%. The weakest annual price gains were seen in New York (+2.6%), Cleveland (+4.8%) and Boston (+6.7%); even these numbers are quite substantial.

“Other housing market data reported in recent weeks confirm these strong trends: housing starts and permits, sales of new home and existing homes continue to trend higher. At the same time, the larger than usual share of multi-family housing, a large number of homes still in some stage of foreclosure and buying-to-rent by investors suggest that the housing recovery is not complete.”

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